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After FIVE years, I got it!

About five years ago, my friends and I were very into going to the local arcade and playing Dance Dance Revolution. During our time there, we met some very interesting people, including the first person I personally knew who had a lip ring. He was older than me, and every time I was around him, I fell more and more in love with a lip ring.

It didn't help that one of my close friends became friends with a girl who had both sides of her lip pierced (in addition to her nose and her eyebrow). Being around these people and seeing these piercings made me want to get my own done. Every time I would see them, I'd be able to do nothing more than think about how badly I wanted mine done.

The only problem? I was thirteen, and I knew there was no way I was going to be able to talk my parents into letting me get it done. So, I waited until my sixteenth birthday, and then I asked my parents if I could get it done (I did this by writing them a long, and rather detailed, letter that explained why I wanted a lip ring for my birthday and a plethora of facts about the safety questions they would likely pose).

As I expected, they said no. They did say, however, that if I could manage to get good grades, they'd let me get it done. Of course, being sixteen and somewhat immature, I decided I didn't want to put forth enough effort to actually do what they wanted.

Fast forward to September of 2007. Because that is when I finally convinced my parents, through my grades, that I deserved to be allowed to get my lip pierced.

I finally convinced my father to let me get my lip done, and I finally got the grades they wanted. So, we started calling local tattoo parlors. Once we got a hold of Josh (he'd done the piercings for one of my acquaintances, so I trusted him) we found out that he wasn't going to be in town the day I wanted to get it done. So, I had to wait.

When I was finally in the tattoo parlor, I realized what I was doing. That it was actually happening, and that there was no turning back. So, my first time in a tattoo, and I'm standing there, nervous as all hell, but determined not to show it.

My father went with me, and he did most of the talking. I think the only thing I actually told Josh was that I wanted a ring, not a stud. And then, after my dad paid the $40 or so dollars, Josh led me into the back and directed me to sit on the medical style bed.

At this point, I was trembling. It wasn't a bad feeling though, because, the anticipation is both the worst and the best part of the experience (so far as I am concerned).

Josh walked me through the procedure, and marked my lip. After I told him it was good, I looked up at my dad, who was watching eagerly, and sort of grinned a little. My girlfriend was there with me also, but at this point she was hiding somewhere. (She's very squeamish and didn't believe she could stand and watch a needle get shoved through her nose, never mind the fact that she's now toying with getting it done herself.)

I laid down on the bed and closed my eyes, waiting for it to happen. And, Josh came over, told me to take a deep breath, which I did, and, on the exhale, the needle was in and it was finished. Of course, he still had to change the jewelry, but I really didn't notice that part.

So far as the pain goes, it was there, but it wasn't anything extreme. I'd compare it to getting your ears pierced, only not as bad. But, that could just be me.

Once it was done I got off the bed and looked at it in the mirror. It looked perfect, exactly what I had thought it would. There was a little bleeding, but only a couple drops or so. And, generally, it was a very pleasant experience. Or, as pleasant as a piercing can be expected to be.

It's been a good few months since I had my lip done, and I haven't added anything new yet. I have plans to go, this week, and get my nose done. And, if I get a job that will allow it, I'll get the other side of my lip done. And, of course, I'll be going to Josh. I'd highly recommend him, if you live in the Bloomington area and want a piercing.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 09 May 2008
in Lip Piercing

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Artist: Josh
Studio: Skinquake
Location: Bloomington%2C+IN

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